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Juventus vs AC Milan preview - Allegri wary of `wounded` Juve

Posted Friday, March 04, 2011 by PA

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri expects a "wounded" Juventus when the two sides square off in Turin. The hosts go into the encounter against the Serie A leaders having lost four of their last six league games. Last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Bologna dropped the Bianconeri to seventh in the standings and seven points behind fourth-placed Lazio. The top four at season's end qualify for the Cha...Full Story »

Newcastle vs Everton prevuew - Pardew preparing for summer spending

Posted Friday, March 04, 2011 by PA

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew and his scouting team have started to identify potential targets for a summer recruitment drive. Pardew is keen to be fully prepared for a crucial transfer window during which he hopes to be presented with the proceeds of Andy Carroll's £35million departure for Liverpool. The manager's spending power will, of course, depend on his current crop of players finishi...Full Story »

Manchester City vs Wigan Athletic preview - Hart happy to keep going

Posted Friday, March 04, 2011 by PA

Joe Hart insists he is not in need of a rest despite being left to shoulder the burden of Manchester City's quest for glory. Although Hart was confirmed as the Blues number one keeper by Roberto Mancini, the 23-year-old always knew Shay Given was on hand to take some of the strain should City's punishing schedule get too much. However, the safety net disappeared when Given was forced to underg...Full Story »

Atletico de Madrid vs Villarreal preview - Godin: Strikers must find scoring touch

Posted Friday, March 04, 2011 by PA

Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin admits his side desperately needs star strikers Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan to rediscover their goalscoring touch as the Rojiblancos try to secure themselves a European berth. Aguero and Forlan scored almost 50 goals between them in all competitions last season but the duo have not been so prolific this time around and in Atletico's last eight games the p...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Zaragoza preview - Puyol unlikely to be risked

Posted Friday, March 04, 2011 by PA

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol is back in training ahead of the Primera Division match at home to Zaragoza and looks set to be fit to face Arsenal in the teams' Champions League last 16 second leg on Tuesday night. Puyol has been out since the middle of January with a knee injury and missed the 2-1 defeat at the Emirates earlier this month, but his participation in the second match is all the m...Full Story »

Lecce vs AS Roma preview - Montella: Concentration is key

Posted Friday, March 04, 2011 by PA

Roma coach Vincenzo Montella has called for maximum concentration from his players in their next two games, starting in the match at Lecce. The Eternal City club have claimed just one win in their last six league games. Roma are sixth in Serie A, five points behind fourth-place Lazio. The top four clubs by the end of the season will qualify for the Champions League. "We need to stay focused...Full Story »

Almeria vs Racing de Santander preview - Racing hoping to maintain push

Posted Wednesday, March 02, 2011 by PA

Racing Santander will look to continue their steady climb away from the relegation zone when they take on rock-bottom Almeria at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos on Thursday. Racing are unbeaten in five games since being taken over by Indian businessman Ahsan Ali Syed, while in their three matches under new coach Marcelino Garcia Toral, the Cantabrians have seven points. That run has ...Full Story »

Real Madrid vs Malaga preview - Dudek focuses on home comforts

Posted Wednesday, March 02, 2011 by PA

Real Madrid goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek believes his side's fantastic home form can negate any inside knowledge Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has of the capital club when the two sides meet at the Bernabeu on Thursday. Pellegrini should know all about Madrid, having led them to a second-placed finish in La Liga last season with a club-record 96-point haul before being replaced in the summer by Jose...Full Story »

Sevilla vs Sporting Gijon preview - Preciado demands Sporting focus

Posted Tuesday, March 01, 2011 by PA

Relegation-threatened Sporting Gijon will travel to Sevilla on Tuesday night without fear. Although they sit only one point outside the drop zone, and face a team looking to boost their European credentials, coach Manuel Preciado believes his side have every chance of winning. "We must avoid mistakes and giving away unnecessary possession, we must be focused," he said. "It will not be easy, b...Full Story »

Chelsea vs Manchester United preview - United still big news for Blues

Posted Tuesday, March 01, 2011 by PA

Carlo Ancelotti has insisted a Chelsea victory over Manchester United could be crucial to his side's season, despite admitting they had almost no chance of catching the Barclays Premier League leaders. A game with United at Stamford Bridge is perennially billed as a title decider but it appears all Ancelotti's men can achieve on that front on Tuesday night is to dent their opponents' bid to d...Full Story »

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